Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

The Best Thing About a 13 Year Old Cousin




When she picks jewelry out as your Christmas Present!! 


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Monday, January 25, 2010

Take Me Back Tuesday ~Don’t You Wish It Was Summer!

Take me back to Summer of 1971! Don’t you wish you were in your shorts and sundress too? I sure do!!

Summer 1971 no 1

This one always make me think “What you talking’ about Willis”? (Sorry, I wasn’t even that big of a Different Stokes Fan!)

Summer 1971 no 2

My brother and I, and the best dog every “Smokey” in the summer of 1971! I would have been 2 1/2, my brother was 5 1/2. Sometimes I love looking at these pictures just because I love how much my parents neighborhood has changed! If that swing set was still there, you so would not be able to see any house behind it, as the trees have gotten so big!!

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Sunday, January 24, 2010

Quotable Sunday ~Little Boys

It seems the posts over the last week have been about my son a lot, so I figured I would just finish out with quotes about little boys!  Enjoy!


A boy is Truth with dirt on it's face,
Beauty with a cut on its finger,
Wisdom with bubble gum in its hair,
and the Hope of the future with a frog in its pocket.
~Alan Marshall Beck


A boy is a magical creature. You can lock him out of your workshop, but you can't lock him out of your heart. You can get him out of your study, but you can't get him out of your mind.  ~Alan Beck


Small boys become big men through the influence of big men who care about small boys.  ~Author Unknown


Sometimes being a brother is even better than being a superhero.  ~Marc Brown




A small son can charm himself into, and out of, most things. ~Jenny de Vries


You don't raise heroes, you raise sons. And if you treat them like sons, they'll turn out to be heroes, even if it's just in your own eyes. ~Walter M. Schirra, Sr.


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Saturday, January 23, 2010

Our Week In Pictures


Ten pictures of daughter pouting this week, go figure! So you get one pouting. My Cutie Bug and his laptop addiction.
His eyes are doing great by the way! The doctor was very pleased on Wednesday, everything worked just the way they wanted it to. One more visit to make sure his eyes are aligning correctly! Thanks again for all the wonderful comments and email I got with your prayers and thoughts for him!

Hope you all have a great weekend!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Wordless Wednesday ~And An Update

So here he is, in all his red eyed glory! My friend said (in jest of course) he looks like he belongs in Twilight!


We are 6 days post eye surgery to realign my Cutie Bug’s eyes from a condition know as Strabismus (post about that here). This picture was from Sunday, the red is his eyes has started to fade and as far as we can tell, the surgery did it’s job! His eyes no longer drift to the outside! Physically he is feeling fine and has no complaints about any pain or discomfort, although he doesn’t like the antibiotic cream we put in his eyes 2x’s a day very well. We visit the doctor today for a post-op check and to make sure everything is going well.

A big thanks to everyone who kept him in your thoughts and prayers during this time! I will update on the doctor visit too!

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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Take Me Back Tuesday ~Happy 1st Birthday To Me!

Take me back to January 20, 1970!

Jan 18 1970

Yep, thats me in the high chair my Mom still has!  The one my kids ate in at the very same dining room table!  My brother would have been almost 4. 

Jan 18 1970 no 3

Look at how young my parents were!  I say that every time though don’t I? 

Jan 18 1970 no 2

Birthday’s always included Grandma’s too!  My mom’s mom on the left and my Dad’s mom on the right.  In this last photo everyone is helping me play with my birthday present, stacking cups!  My mom still laughs about the fact that this was the only present that I got for my 1st birthday!  Quite a bit different than my kid’s 1st.  And yes, my Mom still has those cups too, my kids play with them when we go visit her! 


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Sunday, January 17, 2010

Quotable Sunday ~Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illumines it.


Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.


We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.


Hate cannot drive out hate. Only love can do that.


Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend



I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal."

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

And when this happens, when we allow freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual:

Free at last! Free at last!

Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!

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Friday, January 15, 2010


I haven’t been here this week. I apologize for that. I owe you all of ton of comments and a post on what has been happening in our life. A few things happened this week that gave me perspective on life, I am about to share them with you.

The first thing that happened was that my son had eye surgery. He has/had a condition call Strabismus. A short definition on this is: Strabismus, more commonly known as cross-eyed or wall-eyed, is a vision condition in which a person can not align both eyes simultaneously under normal conditions. One or both of the eyes may turn in, out, up or down. Strabismus always requires appropriate evaluation and treatment. Children do not outgrow strabismus!

What did this mean for us? It mean that my sweet little 3 year old Cutie Bug had to have eye surgery. He was born with his eye muscles in the wrong place, the doctor had to go in and move the muscles to the right place… Patching would never help, glasses would never help, surgery was a must. Ignoring this condition would mean no quality of life for him…ever. No driving, no soccer, no walking to school, nothing.

I meant to blog about this before it happened, and just never found the time to do that, so I am sorry that I didn’t let you all know before hand. But I learned many things this week that I must share with you all, I learned a lot about perspective.

As we were sitting in the surgery office waiting for our turn I noticed a family. This family had a little girl with them and I noted that here eyes didn’t track right, so I figured that is why there were there right? After watching more, I noticed that this little girl had a tube in her neck, and about every 10 minutes her parents had to hook a vacuum up to this tube and drain stuff out of it. I started thinking how blessed I was to have a wonderful healthy 3 year old on my lap, and all he needed was his eyes fixed. After a short period, this family got up and went in the back, and all we could hear was a child, crying and crying, and crying. It took me a long time to figure out that this family, with the sweet little girl with the eye problems, and the trach tube, and the sparkle in her eyes anyway, was there because their second child had just come out from the same surgery that my son was about to have. They were there for the other child! Not the one I blindly assumed was the one in need of care. This family, who smiled at us while we were waiting with them, gave me a new meaning on perspective.

A second thing gave me a huge shot of perspective that day. After we got home, with my son who marched through this surgery like it was no big deal, I read a post. This post was from MckMama, you know Stellan and the heart miracle and all… Well MckMama put up a post titled I'm gonna miss this. If you only click on one link today, make it this one! I'm gonna miss this. To quote this post would make mine a mile longer than it already is. But you know I have to do it anyway: Here is what I learned from her:

I will not wish away their young years, always hoping to get more laundry done or other children dried off. I will relish each kiss, hug and song. I will leave their childhood behind with no regrets, no "I love you" unsaid, no cheek unkissed, no request to "Cuddle wif' me!" turned down. Even as the macaroni flies and the Sharpie stains my table, even when there are midnight wailers and globs of Desitin under my fingernails, I know...
...I know I'm gonna miss this.

This post gave me the best perspective I could have ever wished for.

Here is my Cutie Bug with crooked eyes. The next picture will be with perfect ones!


Thanks for hanging in there with me all!

Monday, January 11, 2010

Take Me Back Tuesday ~Hockey Anyone?


Do you ever find one of those “toys” that your baby won’t ever put down?


For us it was a hockey puck!   A Colorado Avalanche one to be specific. 




For some reason this child just loved it!  Does that mean that playing hockey is in his future??



My Cutie Bug Little Hockey Player is the star of this post, and we were taken back to December of 2006!


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Sunday, January 10, 2010

Quotable Sunday ~Warmth

I know everyone is just as tired as I am of the cold snap we have been having, and it’s only January, sigh……

Here are some quotes about warmth to help us get through to Spring!


If I accept the sunshine and warmth, then I must also accept the thunder and lightning." ~ Kahlil Gibran


May you have warmth in your igloo, oil in your lamp and peace in your heart. ~ Eskimo Proverb



The hearts that love will know never winter's frost and chill, summer's warmth is in them still. ~ Eben Eugene Rexford


The consciousness of loving and being loved brings a warmth and richness to life that nothing else can bring. ~ Oscar Wilde


One kind word can warm three winter months.  ~Japanese Proverb



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Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Wordless Wednesday


Because we needed our own ball pit bouncy house in the living room, right?? (But it was on sale on Amazon, for an unbelievable price…just sayin’)

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Take Me Back Tuesday ~One of my Favorites!


Taylor 07-04-04

   Take me back to July 4, 2004.   I had this one in a picture frame in the living room for ages.  It is flat out just one of my favorite pictures of my daughter, she was 9 weeks old at the time.  This picture was taken with my good old fashioned 35 mm camera, you know the kind you had to think for, and then develop the film from?  I have a 70-210 zoom on that camera and that is how I could get so close.  Going to have to dig that camera out here soon. 

tay and Grandpa 07-04-04

Here is my Angel with her Grandpa.  He was the one holding her in the first picture.  Grandpa must have been pretty funny that day!


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Saturday, January 02, 2010

Quotable Sunday ~Friendship

At the request of Hubby, we have Friendship as quotable Sunday today. When I pulled up my very favorite quote site ( daily celebrations) it amazed me that she had 11 pages on this topic! I guess it must be a good one. So to all my friends In Real Life and here in the Blogosphere, I give you quotes on Friendship!!

Friendship is one of the sweetest joys of life. ~ Charles H. Spurgeon

However rare true love is, true friendship is even rarer. ~ Francois, duc de La Rochefoucauld


Friendships begin because, even without words, we understand how someone feels. ~ Joan Walsh Anglund

Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born. ~ Anais Nin

My father always used to say that when you die, if you've got five real friends, then you've had a great life. ~ Lee Iacocca


A true friend never gets in your way unless you happen to be going down. ~ Arnold H. Glasow

Friendship is the hardest thing in the world to explain. It's not something you learn in school. But if you haven't learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven't learned anything. ~ Muhammad Ali


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